POLICY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Adopted December 7, 1993
Policy: The College will comply with all Federal and State Laws applicable to employees, students and job applicants with communicable diseases.
Procedure: The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to be followed when a college employee or student is afflicted or becomes afflicted with a communicable disease, including but not limited to AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and other such diseases. The College is committed, insofar as is possible, to provide a working and educational environment free of health hazards to its employees and students. As long as medical evidence supports with reasonable medical certainty that a particular disease is not communicable by the casual contact normally found in the workplace and/or classroom, the workplace and/or the classroom will not be considered to be hazardous as a result of the presence of an afflicted student or employee. The confidentiality of information regarding individuals afflicted with a communicable disease will be respected. As long as an employee with a communicable disease is able to perform job duties satisfactorily and medical evidence indicates that his/her condition is not a threat to himself/herself or others the employee is to be treated consistently with others in the workplace. Similarly, as long as a student with a communicable disease is able to pursue his/her education within the established academic standards and medical evidence indicates that his/her condition is not a threat to himself/herself or others, the student is to be treated consistently with other students. Discrimination against and/or harassment of the employee and/or student may result in disciplinary action. The College will make educational materials on communicable diseases available for students and employees.